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McDonald's Hires a CLO, Twitter's New Security Boss and More People on the Move

October 29, 2020 Leadership
Mike Prokopeak
By Mike Prokopeak

McDonald’s has named a new leader for its learning and development efforts. Bethany Tate Cornell will take over as senior vice president, chief learning and development officer for the Chicago-based fast food giant, starting Nov. 2.

The announcement was made by Heidi Capozzi, McDonald’s global chief people officer, via an internal memo. Cornell steps into the role vacated by Rob Lauber, who retired at the end of September after six years in the role.

Bethany Connell, McDonalds
Bethany Tate Cornell, SVP, chief learning and development officer, McDonald's
Cornell joins McDonald's from the Boeing Company, where she was vice president of leadership, learning and organizational capability and was responsible for developing the enterprise learning, culture transformation and workforce development strategy for 150,000 employees in 65 countries. Her career also includes learning roles at GE, Gap, Ethan Allen, IBM and Interlock Group.

It’s been a turbulent year for McDonald’s, marked by the firing of CEO Steve Easterbrook in November 2019 after it was revealed he violated company policy by having a relationship with an employee. David Fairhurst, the company’s head of HR, departed at the same time under a cloud of accusations.

Capozzi, who was herself hired in April 2020, worked with Cornell at Boeing, where Capozzi was senior vice president of HR. She said Cornell’s task will be to develop the digital acumen of McDonald’s teams.

“The work we are driving is helping to support the business in such heightened ways this year,” she wrote in the internal memo. “And as we look ahead to next year and beyond, we have tremendous opportunity to bring new and innovative ways of supporting our learning, development and leadership capabilities throughout the system.”

Whirlpool Taps Technology Veteran for Chief Information Officer Role

Whirlpool Corporation named Danielle Brown as senior vice president and chief information officer of Whirlpool Corporation's Global Information Systems, starting Nov. 1.

She will report to Joe Liotine, executive vice president and president, Whirlpool Corporation North America, Global Information Systems, and Global SDA. The Benton Harbor, Mich.-based maker of kitchen and laundry appliances employs 77,000 people across 59 manufacturing and research centers. The company’s iconic brands include Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana and JennAir among others.

Dani Brown, Chief Information Officer, Whirlpool Corporation
Dani Brown, Chief Information Officer, Whirlpool CorporationPHOTO: Courtesy photo, Whirlpool
Brown joins Whirlpool Corporation after serving as vice president and CIO at Brunswick Corporation, where she was responsible for the recreational boating manufacturer's technology portfolio, tech operations and new business partnerships. She previously spent 16 years with DuPont.

Shares of Whirlpool's stock have been on the rise due to strong demand for products as more people spend time at home, but the Wall Street Journal recently reported the company expects revenue to remain flat due to pandemic-related supply chain pressure.

"Dani brings the right skills and experience to work across our business and lead our global information systems teams at an especially critical juncture in the digital space," said Liotine in a press release announcement. "She has the perfect mix of demonstrated experience, capabilities and results, and I look forward to her success in this role."

Twitter’s New Chief Information Security Officer Takes Over

Rinki Sethi took over as the new security boss at Twitter at the end of September.

The San Francisco-based company has been without a chief information security officer since December 2019, a period that included a major security breach that saw hackers break into Twitter’s administration tools and hijack the accounts of several high-profile users including Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.

Sethi will report to Nick Tornow, engineering platform lead, who of course announced the hire on Twitter:

Sethi joins the company from cloud management company Rubrik, where she was vice president and CISO. She has also held information security positions at IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Intuit, eBay, Walmart and PG&E.

Rinki Sethi, Chief Information Security Officer, Twitter
Rinki Sethi, Chief Information Security Officer, Twitter
At Twitter, she will oversee the company’s information security including enterprise risk, security risk, application security and threat detection and response. Twitter also said she will work closely with the privacy and data protection teams, according to a report from ZDNet.

Sethi is also a leader in the effort to tackle the technology industry’s long-standing gender problem and get more women into tech careers. She is one of the founders of an initiative to develop a cybersecurity curriculum and badge for the Girl Scouts of USA.

“Cybersecurity’s … got the toughest challenges that we need to go and solve,” she told NBC in 2018. “And we’re going to need the best and the greatest minds and a really thought-diverse group to go and fill those gaps that we have today in the talent pool.” 

Cornerstone Taps Industry Veteran as Company’s First Diversity Chief

Cornerstone OnDemand hired Duane La Bom as the company’s first chief diversity officer.

Duane La Bom, Chief Diversity Officer, Cornerstone OnDemand
Duane La Bom, Chief Diversity Officer, Cornerstone OnDemandPHOTO: Courtesy photo, Cornerstone
La Bom will lead the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and develop new programs that foster an inclusive workplace environment. He will also lead the company’s diversity leadership council and Cornerstone Resource Groups, online communities where employees get together to discuss concerns.

“I look forward to partnering with leaders across the organization to launch new initiatives that encourage us to learn from each other and create meaningful change,” La Bom said in a press release statement.

La Bom has 20 years of experience leading HR and DEI. Most recently, he was the executive director of global diversity and inclusion for Texas Instruments. He has also held diversity and HR roles at Andeavor, Rackspace, Toyota Motors Manufacturing and Willamette Industries.

“Duane brings extensive experience to this new role, and I look forward to his guidance on new programs and initiatives that will make our company even stronger and drive positive change,” said Cornerstone CEO Phil Saunders in a statement.

It’s an interesting position for a chief diversity officer, combining ambitious internal responsibilities with the potential to make an industry-wide impact. Cornerstone’s recruiting, learning and development, training and performance management products are used by 75 million users in 180 countries at approximately 6,300 companies, according to company figures.

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